Anne Drummond: Like Water (2009)
adding some beautiful solo work and the flautist graceful and tender throughout. Meyers appears one last time on "Lazy Afternoon," and pianist Klaus Mueller provides a gentle and soothing piano solo. The rhythm section joins in on "Afoxamba," with Da Fonseca and Matta providing an instantly appealing, authentic groove. Drummond's joy and energy is immediately noticeable and her playing is passionate throughout. The blend between the pizzicato string line, at the outset of "Spring," and the rest of the musicians is intoxicating. Pianist Xavier Davis makes his lone appearance here, providing a touching solo.
Drummond wrote three pieces for the album and co-wrote another ("Spring") with Mark Bordenet. The title track benefits from her warm and unobtrusive string arrangement, with guitarist Paul Meyers
's "Aquelas Coisas Todas" opens the album, with Drummond's flute sounding vibrant and fresh as she glides over the rhythm men. Egberto Gismonti's "Frevo" is three-and-a-half minutes of musical magic; Drummond's playing is electric, and her blend and chemistry with Mueller is astounding. Whether he's running through a unison rhythmic line with Drummond, comping behind her or playing his own solo, Mueller is always exhilarating. "Curumin" is a flute and piano duo performance that further highlights the rapport between Drummond and Mueller. Matta's "Bossa for Copacabana" is a subtle, gently gliding piece that benefits greatly from Da Fonseca's touch and feel.
The four other pieces are, for the most part, bright and bouncy. Toninho Horta
Whether interpreting her own works or other compositions, Drummond demonstrates a unified vision and strong melodic sense throughout Like Water.
Track Listing: Aquelas Coisas Todas; Like Water; Frevo; Curumin; Lazy Afternoon; Afoxamba; Bossa for Copacabana; Spring.
Personnel: Anne Drummond: flute; Klaus Mueller: piano (1-7); Xavier Davis: piano (8); Paul Meyers: guitar (2, 5); Nilson Matta: bass (3, 6, 7, 8); Duduka Da Fonseca: drums (3, 6-8) and percussion (1, 7): Tom Chiu: violin (2, 5, 6, 8); Dave Eggar: cello (1, 2, 5, 6, 8).
Record Label: ObliqSound